Stained Glass in Denver Victorian Homes
Are you the owner of an older Washington Park, colloquially known as “Wash Park,” or perhaps you reside in a Victorian Home in Park Hill east of City Park? If your house features stained glass, or you are considering replacing some windows with stained glass, regular restoration work is an important part of the process. Having a professional like the long-time experts at Denver Stained Glass is crucial to proper stained glass restoration that helps expand the lifespan of these lovely artisanal works.
The Fragility and Durability of Stained Glass
While glass can be fragile, it is also an extremely durable material that can last for years and years when regular and careful care is taken, as you can see in centuries-old cathedrals and castles in Europe as well as more modern Victorian houses in Denver.
Fracturing and breakage is most often caused by physical impact. Damage may happen from one of Denver’s annual hail storms, or perhaps a poorly aimed ball thrown by a child in your neighborhood. Regular use of operable doors and windows, can also result in the need for stained glass restoration. When you open or close a stained glass door or window, the vibrations or force used can lead to natural wear and tear. Dirt and soot naturally build up, too, exacerbated by the many windy days in Denver. Stained glass is also susceptible to scratching and etching from abrasives and chemicals, so it is important to know the glass before taking any steps.
Why Consider Stained Glass Restoration?
Issues are more likely to arise when you do not know the history of workmanship or care, including the workmanship in stained glass restoration. A stained glass restoration professional will be able to deduce what measures to take based on hints like building features, dates of construction and major additions, stylistic and compositional elements, types of reinforcement and leading, artists’ inscriptions, and more. For example, round bars were used since the Middle Ages and up until the 1920s, whereas flat bars were introduced in the late 1800s and increased in commonality in modern times. Detailed considerations like these can literally make or break the stained glass restoration process.
Denver Stained Glass has been locally owned and operated for 25 years, helping Denver residents with stained glass projects of all kinds. Contact us today for a consultation with one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff members. We’re happy to help with stained glass restoration projects of all shapes and sizes!